Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cool mushroom siting

At least until they got mowed! We saw several big clumps of a leafy clustered mushroom, a polypore, a foot or so in diameter, like Hen of the Woods. However, I think it's too hot and too early for hen-of-the-woods, so this must be a look alike. They are scattered through the lawn in a vacant lot, and the day after we saw them, the lawn got mowed! I think they are eating the roots of two huge oak trees that fell down and had their stumps removed. I think it's been four years or so since those trees fell.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Mushrooms!

We've been on a mushroom kick recently. We've ordered at least twice from Fungi Perfecti, 8 mushroom kits at 600 plug spawn. I attended a workshop on April 4 at the Abundance Foundation in Pittsboro, to get me started. I came home with three logs with plugs from Shitake and Oyster mushrooms.

It turned out the instructor, Bob Armantrout, had attended a workshop from the man behind Fungi Perfecti, Paul Stamets. We've now got two of his books, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World and Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms. I've mostly looked at the pictures, and read small sections, but Alexa has read most of them.

I intend to post much more about mushrooms, and show results.